Cousin Richard’s Summer Pasta

Looking for that perfect, light, summer pasta dish for a warm, sunny Sunday?  Well you can wish to be invited to dinner at my cousin Richard’s house, or you can make his recipe at your house.   It’s perfect for any day of the week, actually.  But you know us Italians……Sunday means pasta, even in the … Continue reading

Eggplant Stacks

I have stared at the description of “Eggplant Stacks” on the menu of our favorite Italian restaurant in the bucolic Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York for many years, but never ordered it.   Why not?  I love eggplant.  I love mozzarella.  And I LOVE tomatoes.   Yet, there’s something about the name…”Eggplant Stacks”….that is just so … Continue reading

Summer Pizza on the Grill

Perhaps I did you a favor by not posting pizza on the grill at the beginning of summer.  If I had, you’d probably be about 5 pounds heavier right now because you wouldn’t have (couldn’t have) stopped making pizzas on the grill as a weekly activity.  Besides being an enormous amount of fun and absolutely delicious, … Continue reading

Baked Rice and Mozzarella Pie

As mentioned in my last post, this Baked Rice and Mozzarella Pie recipe was the side dish that always accompanied chicken or veal parmigiana (see last week’s post) in my family growing up.  It might seem like too much cheese or too much sauce to you for one meal, but believe me, it works.  That being … Continue reading

Chicken (or Veal) Parmigiana

Every time I make chicken or veal parmigiana, I am transplanted back in time to the late 50s and 60s.  Next to pizza and spaghetti and meatballs, this was indeed the most famous Italian dish.  It was Italian home cooking at it’s finest, and I loved it!  However, whenever I ordered this dish at a … Continue reading

Meatloaves

When I think of meatloaf, I don’t find myself recalling fond memories of childhood.  My mother did make something she called meatloaf, and as a child I knew no better.  Once I tasted meatloaf in it’s true culinary form, I realized that what my mother made was merely a very large meatball, shaped into a … Continue reading